Grassroots Associations is a comprehensive review and critique of empirical and theoretical research on grassroots, nonprofit and voluntary organizations.
David Horton Smith examines in depth the distinctive nature and characteristics of a previously under-studied area which includes such groups as Alchoholics Anonymous, community-environmental action committees and church Bible study groups. He addresses: group formation, structure, process, leadership, and life cycle change; effectiveness; the influence such associations have on society; the future of grassroots associations, which he sees as integral to a postmodern society moving towards participatory democracy, self-determinism and individual choice.
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Some examples of analytical type classifications might include age ( e . g . , large
vs . small , or a continuous variable ) ; size of annual revenues ; size of
membership ( if any ) ; size of staff ( if any ) ; and degree of internal democracy ,
For example , new Rotary Clubs are expected to and tend to take on the standard
Rotary Club International ideology and maintain such an ideology over time .
Polymorphic GAs , thus , tend to have more extensive ideologies than do similar ...
Fund - raising experience , for example , seldom is sought in board members .
Nor is administrative experience often sought for any of the officer positions . It is
assumed that virtually anyone with the will to do so can do the job satisfactorily .
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